The Gospel of Philip, Part 8

This part is about Adam, Cain, God being a dyer, seeing, faith, love, & some more. It’s a good read. I enjoyed this very much.

Adam & Cain

The one created was noble, & you would expect his children to be noble. If he hadn’t been created but rather had been conceived, you would expect his offspring to be noble. But in fact he was created, & then he produced offspring. And what nobility this is! First came adultery, then murder. One was born of adultery, for he was the son of the serpent. He became a murderer, like his father, & he killed his brother. Every act of sexual intercourse between those unlike each other is adultery.

Such gnostic texts as the Secret Book of John & the Reality of the Rulers describe how the ruler of this world, sometimes with his powers, seduced or raped Eve & thus produced Cain.

God the Dyer

God is a dyer. Just as the good dyes, said to be genuine dyes, dissolve into what’s dyed in them,  so also those whom God dyes become immortal through his colors, for his dyes are immortal. And God dips those to be dipped in water.

Seeing

People cannot see anything that really is without becoming like it. It’s not so with people in the world, who see the sun without becoming the sun. See the sky & earth & everything else without becoming them. ‘Rather, in the realm of truth, you’ve seen things there & have become those things there & have become those things, you’ve seen the spirit & have become spirit. You’ve seen Christ & have become Christ. You’ve seen the father & will become the father.’ Here in the world you see everything but don’t see yourself, but there in that realm you see yourself, & you will become what you see.

The text suggests an eschatological (the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, & the final destiny of the soul & humankind.) perspective with a present realization of a spiritual union with Christ & an anticipation of the future union with the father. Such an eschatological perspective is also found in the letters of Paul.

Faith & Love

Faith receives, love gives. No one can receive without faith, & no one can give without love. So to receive we have faith & to love we give. If someone gives without love, that person gets no benefit from what was given. Anyone who receives something but doesn’t receive the master is still a Hebrew.

Compare the discussion of faith & love in I Corinthians 13 & the Secret Book of James.

Jesus’ Names

The apostles who came before us used the names “Iesous nazoraios messias,’ which means “Jesus the Nazarene, the Christ.” The first name is Jesus, middle name is the Nazarene, last name Christ. Messias has 2 meanings though: Christ & measured. In Hebrew, Jesus means redemption. Nazara means truth, so “the Nazarene” means the truth. Christ has been “measured”; thus the Nazarene & Jesus have been measured out.

The Greek word ‘nazoraios’ can indicate someone from Nazareth or someone who is an observant Jewish Christian. In Greek, ‘christos’ means anointed. In Syriac, ‘mshiha’ can have both meanings. “Jesus” comes from the Hebrew & Aramaic names Yeshua & Yehoushua (Joshua), which means “the Lord (Yehweh) is salvation.”

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